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ALLIANT ENERGY COMMERCE PARK

Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen addresses a group of people attending the kickoff for the Beaver Dam Commerce Park on Aug. 9 at Harmony Baptist Church on Highway W. Seated from left are fellow speakers Rebecca Kleefisch, Jeanine Penticoff and Rob Crain.

Residents curious to know more about the coming Alliant Energy Commerce Park will have the opportunity to ask questions Monday.

Robert Crain, a community director from Alliant Energy, will be on hand at the town of Trenton’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Anybody, whether a town of Trenton resident or somebody who lives elsewhere, is invited to attend and share questions and comments. Trenton Town Hall is at N10584 Jersey Road, between State Highway 68 and County Road C.

The future 520-acre commerce park off the north edge of Beaver Dam was publicly announced in August and is intended to bring in large-scale development on what is currently farmland. The Alliant Energy park will be near the existing 200-acre Beaver Dam 151 Business Park.

With the new business park, Alliant Energy will be targeting businesses that will need 50 or more acres of land for development and who would be large users of the company’s energy, with land offered for $20,000 an acre.

Lori Schultz, a town of Trenton resident, said she was originally perplexed that the business park hadn’t appeared on a meeting agenda and is glad to see an opportunity to residents to share their thoughts. She wonders about the impact such a development will have on her rural community.

“Residents in the area seem to not know what the proposal is all about and they want to know more,” she said, adding that it seems like there’s misinformation out there and questions about how the business park will affect not just town of Trenton residents, but people in the town and city of Beaver Dam.

Infrastructure for the area will be an issue officials will have to address, including annexation into the city of Beaver Dam and connection to the city’s utilities. The city’s fire department is pushing for a north side fire station in light of continued growth on the north side of Beaver Dam and to take pressure off the downtown station.

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